August 1, 2020 | In August of 2019, the Conservation Legacy Diversity Team came together out of a desire amongst Conservation Legacy staff to focus on DEI initiatives throughout the organization.
July 22, 2020 | For four weeks this summer, eight teenagers from the Raleigh area gained work experience in natural resources and environmental fields as part of the Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) with the Conservation Corps of North Carolina’s summer program. This program works with public land managers across North Carolina to help accomplish some of the maintenance work that is required to keep public lands available and in good condition for users.
Source: RaleighNC.gov • Conservation Corps North Carolina • Conservation LegacyVisit Article
July 7, 2020 | COTTONWOOD – The Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition was recently awarded a $102,000 trail building grant from the Catena Foundation for Phase 2 of the Blowout Wash Trail System.
The Blowout Wash Trail System is a three-year construction project within the Verde Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest. It’s a 27-mile stacked, loop system to facilitate recreational opportunities, both close-in and farther-out, located on the east slope of Mingus Mountain adjacent to the communities of Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome.
According to VVCC President Marty Glinsky, the project’s second-phase construction will build nine miles of loop trails utilizing Arizona Conservation Corps youth crews, volunteers and Forest Service personnel.
Source: The Verde Valley Independent & Camp Verde Bugle • Arizona Conservation CorpsVisit Article
June 12, 2020 | FARMINGTON – Local nonprofit and national service agencies are hiring for a new AmeriCorps contact-tracing program to assist public health officials in tracking the spread of the coronavirus.
Conservation Legacy and Community Resource Center announced they were hiring 350 summer AmeriCorps Vista associates for the program, supported by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.
Source: Conservation Legacy • The Durango HeraldVisit Article
June 12, 2020 | Though we have historically remained quiet on broader issues and focused only on conservation and public service, what is happening now is unprecedented and we can no longer remain silent. We hope this statement is consistent with the sentiments of our staff and our members.
June 5, 2020 | To our Participants,
Our organization envisions a legacy of healthy lands, air and water, thriving people and resilient communities. In these painful times we use our mission, vision and strategic direction to guide us forward. The news in our country about the death of George Floyd, the murder charges recently announced, and national protests is affecting us, our staff, and our members. We are sad, frustrated and condemn the brutal treatment George Floyd and countless others received generation after generation in this country. We stand in solidarity with our communities of color.
May 19, 2020 | Federal Agency Announces $576 Million in AmeriCorps Funding
Funding will support AmeriCorps members; provide $164 million in scholarships to those who serve
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced $576 million in AmeriCorps funding – including grants and education awards—to help national and local organizations, faith-based groups, and educational institutions respond to the most-critical issues facing communities in the U.S. In total, this funding will provide more than 60,000 Americans the opportunity to serve their communities through AmeriCorps.
May 8, 2020 | After four years of planning, the first 14 miles of the Baileys Trail System are on the ground and set to open to the public on May 30, 2020!
This first milestone was made possible through a 2019 National Forest Foundation REI Partnership grant and a Recreational Trails Program grant, and involved the Athens County Foundation, Wayne National Forest, Applied Trails Research, Appalachian Conservation Corps, Athens Bicycle Club, and professional trail builders.
Source: National Forest Foundation • Appalachian Conservation CorpsVisit Article
March 2020 | A quick hike up a sloping, exposed hill revealed a stunning view of the Organ Mountains and across Las Cruces. The sky was a bright grey mass of clouds, promising rain tomorrow, but not quite today. Back on the hill, the tawny stretch was wide and established, allowing two of us to walk side by side. Unearthed stones neatly lined the edge of the trail holding back the rocky expanse of prickly pear cactus, creosote, mesquite and ocotillo. As we walked, Conservation Corps New Mexico’s local project partner, Edna Flores, gestured to the land we were walking through, showing us where CCNM’s local crew had worked the days before.
April 16, 2020 | Meet one of Conservation Legacy’s newest Board Members, CJ Goulding. CJ joined the board in 2019 with experience in leading backcountry trips for high schoolers, diversity, equity and inclusion facilitation, youth leadership development, and so much more.